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Concert of Colors 2020

Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 28th Annual Concert of Colors will air in primetime on Detroit Public TV two hours a night for four consecutive nights, as well as being simulcast on Detroit Public Radio (WDET) radio and streamed online worldwide! Performances include the Don Was All-Star Revue with a tribute to Detroit radio legend Ed Love. During the program, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will name Love as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Concert of Colors audience will grow by the millions this year,” said festival Executive Director and founder Ismael Ahmed. “This year, we will all be grooving together to music performed by some of the greatest artists in the world – but we will be doing it safely in our own homes. The commitment and generosity by our partners and sponsors to make this broadcast happen are a gift to Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and the world. The free diversity festival has been a tradition for nearly three decades in Detroit.”

“Music is the heartbeat and soul of Detroit and we were determined, with our partners and sponsors, to not only allow the show to go on, but to find new and innovative ways to continue to offer this musical extravaganza free for guests – and now expand it for the world to enjoy,” said Charles Ezra Ferrell, former Vice President of Public Programs, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Generous sponsors include Knight Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, DTE Energy, Zingerman’s Deli, Mark Bernstein and Rachel Bendit Bernstein. Concert of Colors is also partnering with world music festivals across the globe to broadcast the Detroit event to broad audiences worldwide.

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A statement from the concert of colors

Concert of Colors launched in 1992, four months before Malice Green, an unarmed Black man, was killed by police. That was more than 28 years ago. Today, we mourn the horrific deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all those whose lives were unjustly cut short before them. We stand in solidarity and unified with their loved ones, with our Black colleagues, artists, audiences, and the community. We are committed and pledge to fight for justice. Black Lives Matter. Your life matters. We stand with those who resist and call for a better day.

-Ismael Ahmed, Founder, Executive Director

-Kenneth C. Fischer, Board President